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Dance

October 3, 2013

“Spin the windmill,” yells out Tim Matteson, the caller for Eugene’s Spin City Square. He adds, “Flip the hourglass,” “Horseshoe turn” followed by “Split the outside couple.” As he calls out steps, eight dancers move about the floor, switching partners and sharing laughs. 

August 15, 2013

Burlesque is just stripping for hipsters, right? Or the kind of show to which Don Draper from Mad Men would take clients (performed at places with names like “The Boom Boom Room”)? 

Wrong. The truth of the matter is burlesque has a long and storied history, and while dance is vital to burlesque, the popular variety shows also feature comedy, live music and social commentary. 

August 15, 2013

All That! Dance Company

Ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, ballroom
www.allthatdancecompany.com 

Argentine Tango Practica
Argentine tango
541-681-9681 / jackethanger@gmail.com

Ballet Fantastique
Ballet
www.balletfantastique.org

Ballet North West Academy
Ballet
541-343-3914 / www.bnwa.net

Celebration Belly Dance and Yoga
Bollywood, Zumba, samba, capoeria, African, 40+
www.celebrationbellydanceandyoga.com

August 15, 2013

This year, Betty Waterhouse decided it was time to give competitive ballroom dancing a whirl. After a mere month and a half of training, she sashayed through the Emerald Ball, a competition held each May in Los Angeles that attracts over 15,000 participants, earning seven first-place titles in her age division. 

August 15, 2013

Lounging on the overstuffed chairs and couches of All That! Dance Company’s studio, Jordan Ross and twin brothers Coleman and Kaelen Byrum look like any clean-cut, athletic 18-year-olds. Only Ross’s I.C.U. Dance Crew T-shirt gives any indication that the guys might not be into just the usual track and football. 

Yet get them and the other two crew members, 18-year-olds Logan McGann and Aidan Ziegler-Hansen, on stage and there’s no mistaking that these guys are an award-winning hip-hop dance group. 

August 15, 2013

Every Wednesday Anthony Carter, 15, suits up for practice. He throws on a T-shirt and joins the other boys as they sweat through 90 minutes of complex combinations, draining jumps and — on a hard day — upward of 200 push-ups. Afterwards, they head to the barre to decompress and leave feeling focused, energized and confident.

August 15, 2013

Eugene may not have Moscow’s Bolshoi or New York’s Martha Graham Dance Company; however, just below the city’s surface is a vibrant world of dance, of clacking heels and pointed toes, of “pop, lock and drops” and ball changes. From classical performances at the Eugene Ballet Company and sensual Middle Eastern folk dance at Celebration Belly Dance and Yoga to pioneering modern dance at the University of Oregon and glitzy hip-hop productions at Work Dance Company, there’s a groove for everyone’s mood.

August 15, 2013

There is perhaps no one better known in the local dance community than international dance visionary Alito Alessi. The Eugene-based dancer, teacher and artistic director for DanceAbility International created the Joint Forces Dance Company and DanceAbility — a globally renowned method that explores artistic expression between people with and without disabilities through movement — with his dance partner Karen Nelson in 1987. And, naturally for a dancer, he just can’t stay in one place. This spring, he was chosen as an “arts envoy” by the U.S.

May 23, 2013

Everything is dark except for the truck-sized monolith. Two female figures emerge from the shadows, their bodies athletically twisting and spinning and stomping to the electronic beat, which sounds like someone drumming on crystal stalagmites. Crisp, geometric patterns project upon the monolith, creating a digital trompe l’oeil effect, the electronic shapes dissolving into and out of the forms of the dancers, whose projected images appear to be writhing within the structure as their counterparts writhe freely outside.

April 18, 2013

I was part of the contemporary dance scene at the point when everyone was pushing for equality, respect of all people and the idea that all people could dance,” says Alito Alessi, artistic director of DanceAbility International. “But no one was doing anything about it, including myself. So I said, ‘Well, what would it look like to do what we say we all believe in?’”

March 21, 2013

Tango is more than simply a dance; it is a means of seduction and romance. And while its origins are rooted in South American culture, the tango has become an international language. 

February 14, 2013

Forget rabbits with pocket watches. Forget tea parties. Forget Alice in Wonderland. Work Dance Company director and choreographer Nathan Boozer wants to take you down another rabbit hole into his Wonderland, an upcoming Feb. 15 show at the Hult Center that takes a look through the hip-hop looking glass at lands filled with music, butterflies, candy, zombies and Lady Gaga.

January 24, 2013

When it comes to the environment, it’s best to have a light footprint like … a ballerina or an aerial dancer.  

On Jan. 25, the 19th Annual Dance for a Reason will bring together the environment and dance for one evening at the Hult Center.

November 14, 2012

Does wrath look like a pop, lock and drop or a ball change? And envy? Perhaps an axel turn or a stag leap? Pride is most certainly jazz hands. In 7Even, the Dance Factory takes on all seven cardinal sins to show us how even the best of intentions can go wrong. Artistic director Roshny Bhakta has put together a show based on our deepest and darkest human urges. “We’re going for a kaleidoscope of emotions,” she says. “In the greed category, for example, you’ll see different pieces conveying the idea of being rich and overwhelmed by it.” 

May 10, 2012

Ballet Fantastique continues to amaze audiences with creative takes on old favorites, like the Wild West version of As You Like It, or the dramatization of Van Gogh’s “Cafe Terrace at Night,” but the thriving mother-daughter-powered dance company doesn’t sacrifice skill for novelty. The core of every production is classical ballet and highly trained dancers.

February 16, 2012

Work Dance Company is about to grace the Hult Center with a performance that can only be described as all-encompassing.

“We are about bringing raw and honest dance to the stage,” says choreographer and LCC dance alumnus Nathan Boozer. “This is a full-scale production. It’s theatrical and high energy.”

February 9, 2012

Audiences still reeling from the Eugene Ballet Company’s Dark Side of the Moon ballet will be thrilled to know that the company is set to perform another riveting homage to some of music’s finest. All You Need is Love, the new originally choreographed ballet from artistic director Tony Pimble, is a collaboration of The Eugene Ballet Company and acclaimed Portland music group The Nowhere Band — it’s ballet meets The Beatles.